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  • Keskinen, Liisa (Helsingin yliopisto, 2021)
    Objectives: LARPing is an example of a hobby that requires a lot of time and dedication. Despite LARPing bringing energy and new experiences, it is also stressful. Different coping strategies are used to manage stress and its symptoms. The use of maladaptive, that is long-term harmful, coping strategies has been associated with more significant stress symptoms compared to adaptive, that is beneficial for functioning, coping strategies. Thus, studying the association between different coping strategies and stress symptoms can help to improve the well-being of LARPers. The purpose of this Master's Thesis is to study which coping strategies are associated with stress symptoms among LARPers and whether there is a difference in the strengths of the connections when comparing the associations of adaptive and maladaptive coping strategies with stress symptoms. Methods: The stress related to LARPing was studied online with a new survey. The survey included for example questions about the perceived stress in LARPing, possible causes of the stress, stress symptoms, coping strategies, and background information. 67.6% of the respondents identified as women, 22.5% as men and 9.9% as non-binary. Exploratory factor analyses were performed on the variables measuring coping strategies and the variables measuring stress symptoms. Sum variables of coping strategies and stress symptoms were formed based on the factor analyses. A relationship between the coping variables and stress symptom variables was examined by linear multi-explanatory regression analyses. Age, gender, and relationship status were controlled in all regression analyzes. Results and conclusions: Maladaptive coping strategies were associated with stress symptoms. LARPers who used more self-blame as a coping strategy reported more symptoms of anxiety and depression. In addition, substance use was associated with anxiety symptoms, avoidance with depressive symptoms, and increased use of social support with symptoms of brain overload, which included difficulties in concentration, memory, and sleeping. However, not all coping strategies that were perceived as maladaptive were associated with stress symptoms. Coping strategies that were perceived as adaptive were not associated with stress symptoms. Since maladaptive coping strategies are associated with symptoms of stress, the well-being of LARPers could be improved, for example, through psychoeducation. The psychoeducation could be given, for example, in the pre- or post-brief of a LARPing session and it should focus on diminishing the maladaptive coping strategies.